This exhibit highlights selected unique interior and exterior features of the University of Michigan University Library's buildings.
From the birth of the University of Michigan in 1837, the Legislature and the Board of Regents prioritized the creation and maintenance of a library. John James Audubon's Birds of America was the library's first purchase, acquired in 1838 for what was then the extravagant sum of $970.
Since 1838, the University Library system has grown to encompass numerous libraries and collections, with print volumes totaling over 8.5 million. The University Library spans several buildings across the Ann Arbor campus, ranging from the Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library and Shapiro Library on central campus, to the Art, Architecture and Engineering Library (AAEL) and Music Library on north campus.
For more information on the history of the University Library, explore the Further Reading list.
Curated by Lisa Campbell, Shevon Desai, & Karen Reiman-Sendi